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The Bible Cyclopedia, Scripture Gazetteer, Rev. John P. Lawson, 2 Volumes


The Bible Cyclopedia: Containing the Biography, Geography, and Natural history of The Holy Scriptures, by the Rev. John P. Lawson, M.A. with Introductory Essays by the Rev. Dr. Fleming and Rev. George Scott. Volumes 1 and 2. Also, from half title: The Scripture Gazetteer.

Provenance; from the library of the late William St Clair (1937 - 2021), British historian, academic and author. No signature or annotations by him.

Published by A. Fullarton & Co, Edinburgh and London. Undated but c. 1860 from appearances? Volume 1 ends with 'End of Volume First', and Volume 2 with simply 'The End'. We would take from this that this edition is complete in 2 volumes. Also, the index in Vol. 2 covers both volumes. We believe a third volume was added in a later edition.

Good volumes - full leather covers with gilt decoration, raised bands and title labels. Rubbed and worn. Marbled endpapers and marbled edges to  text blocks. Some show through to binding after title page in Volume 1, but text blocks still soundly bound.

Neat owner's inscriptions to endpapers on both (matching). Each volume begins with a fold-out map followed by the half title. Volume 1 has a tissue guard. Offset spotting to guard and adjacent pages. Otherwise text nice and clean throughout. Volume 1 has an additional fold-out map later in the book, with some age spotting. Both volumes illustrated with attractive plates - with some offsetting to opposite text.

Vol. 1: xlii + 552pp +_ maps and plates.

Vol. 2: 624pp + map and plates.

Weight approximately 2.2kg unpacked (for both volumes).

Dimensions: Each approximately 251mm high x 162mm wide x 38mm deep.